The Journal of the American Medical Association says that parents who cannot control their obese children’s weight, should lose custody of the kids for a period of time. The medical journal is one of the most distinguished medical journals in the United States.
Associated Press announces that the Journal of the American Medical Association issued on Wednesday raises awareness in the cases of obese children and claims that these children should be put in temporary custody of the state if their parents don’t care, don’t know how or cannot face and manage the weight problem of their children. According to Dr. David Ludwig an obesity specialist from the Children’s Hospital Boston, the purpose of the operation shouldn’t be blaming parents and it shouldn’t be about parents at all. The main point is to act in the best interest of the young ones. And this is to provide the care these children need and legal tutors aren’t able provide for a certain reason. Ludwig assures the readers that the intention is not to separate the child from the parents forever. The state intervention “ideally will support not just the child but the whole family, with the goal of reuniting child and family as soon as possible. That may require instruction on parenting,” he explained. “Despite the discomfort posed by state intervention” these measures may be exactly what a child needs at that time.
On the other hand, there are specialists that believe the parents will feel like they are blamed, no matter the further explanations. Bioethicist Art Caplan from the University of Pennsylvania fears that we may be losing the sight of the main cause. He states that the obesity in children is not only created by the inability of the parents to watch a child’s diet, but also by the exposure to media messages that cannon be avoided. “If you’re going to change a child’s weight, you’re going to have to change all of them.”
However, all medical experts have one idea in common: obesity must be prevented so there won’t be much to treat anymore. At this moment, there are about 2 million obese children and teenagers in the United States. Although weight-loss surgery has been done on severely obese children, Ludwig outlines the possibility of the negative effects of such an intrusive intervention. “We don’t know the long-term safety and effectiveness of these procedures done at an early age.”